Rs 76,917 crore spent on Railway projects: Minister

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has said the expenditure on new line projects up to March, 2019 has been Rs 76,917 crore. He said this while replying to a question in Lok Sabha.

According to the Minister, a total of 1864.32 Kilometres of new line has been commissioned in the last three years and current year. This includes commissioning of 80 Kilometres New Line in the State of Haryana.

He said that during the last three years and current year, Railways have taken up surveys for 194 nos. of New Lines for a total length of 18,992 Kilometres.

Goyal said the timely completion of any Railway project depends on various factors like quick land acquisition by State Government, forest clearance by officials of forest department, shifting of infringing utilities (both underground and over ground), statutory clearances from various authorities, geological and topographical conditions of area, law and order situation in the area of project site, number of working months in a year for particular project site due to climatic considerations, encountering unforeseen conditions like earthquake, flooding, excessive rains, strikes of labour, orders of Courts, situation and conditions of working agencies/contractors etc. and all these factors affect the
completion of the project.

“Hence, no time frame can be fixed for completion of projects until complete encumbrance free land is handed over by State Governments to the Railways,” he added.

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